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Coming Out

Band of One

Liam Kelly | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Liam Kelly

Since puberty I've experienced gender dysphoria but developed coping mechanisms to ignore it. It got harder with age. Having just turned 33 and returned from another month-long tour, I felt more depressed than ever. With every single performance the pain of the lie was perpetuated.

Tim Cook's 'Coming Out' Matters Because It Does Not Matter

Sandip Roy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandip Roy

Cook makes no apology for being gay. In fact he calls it "God's greatest gift" because it made him more empathetic. But he is neither militant about it, nor defensive. It's not his cross to bear. That actually has a resonance that we are unused to in coming out narratives.

Thank You, Tim Cook

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

Apple has an impressively large and well-organized segment of out employees -- most of the major tech companies do, in fact -- and I bet they are all walking a bit taller and prouder today. We have a long way to achieve that level playing field, but that "sunlit path toward justice" Tim refers to just got much, much brighter.

Allies in Business Play Important Roles Furthering LGBT Equality

Laura Clise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura Clise

I have seen a shift in the dialogue regarding LGBT equality, with leaders increasingly examining the business implications of how companies align internal diversity policies with external marketing and public policy advocacy.

History Lessons: My Coming Out Party at the State Department

Thomas Gallagher | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Thomas Gallagher

My journey began as a student at Monmouth College, now Monmouth University, where my psychology professor taught me that homosexuality was a serious mental illness.

These Are the 12 Words in Tim Cook's Coming Out Essay That Made Me Tear Up

Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Michelson

Our queer ancestors, the ones who fought at Stonewall and marched on Washington and were arrested and beaten and murdered for their queerness, weren't battling so that we could be like everyone else. We have never been just like everyone else and I hope we never are.

Note to Gay Actors: Closets Are for Costumes

Leon Acord | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Leon Acord

Like it or not, actors have a responsibility beyond ourselves. There are still too many young gay people growing up surrounded by hatred, and they need to see well-adjusted, successful gay people who thrive without fear. And there are too many ignorant bigots who also need to see us in all our diversity. Once they do, then maybe we really can do away with labels.

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

Someday you will stop crying in your sleep. Someday you will have your own home, and you will draw fashion illustrations on the walls and the kitchen cupboards to remind you of your 13-year-old self. Someday you will walk down the street with a sense of achievement and self-contained confidence.

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

Stepping Out of the Closet and Into Your Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

The most beautiful legacy you can leave for those you love is a long shadow-filled corridor of open doors that you have courageously walked through as you have moved closer and closer towards them.

If My Spouse Were Gay!

Rick Clemons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rick Clemons

First reactions to the coming out of a spouse are typically gnashing of teeth, screaming in anger, and raising hands to the heavens, crying, "Why me?" I'm not going to ask you not to have those types of reactions. You're human, for crying out loud! What I'm going to invite you to do is try a few new thoughts on for size, thoughts laced in love and understanding.

Here's How Ridiculous It Would Look If Teens Had To 'Come Out' As Being Smart

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.20.2014 | Teen

"Mom, Dad. Um, I have something to tell you and I don't know how to say this. I'm... smart." So says the teen protagonist in the hilarious viral v...

The Future Is Here: Mom Asks Son to Wait Till Commercial to Come Out (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

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How You Can Be A Better Ally To Transgender Teens Like Me

Casey Hoke | Posted 12.17.2014 | Teen
Casey Hoke

I would be presenting differently, asking for a shift in my own pronouns and silently requesting to be respected and recognized as male. And sure, everyone responded with an initial "okay," but who was really on my side?

Why The Craft Is Still the Best Halloween Coming Out Movie

Andrew Park | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Park

The movie is about four teenage girls who each grow up feeling different -- simultaneously special and rejected -- as so many LGBT teens have experienced.

Want to Create Change? Then Come Out

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

In a talk I recently gave at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, I was asked to discuss the challenges and opportunities that I faced during a career as a physician who is also gay. These issues came alive for me as I was writing my talk when I found a letter I wrote to my father years ago:

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

LOOK: What Happens When People Are Forced To Come Out...As Straight

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A hilarious video looks at a parallel universe where straight people are forced to come out of the closet. The clip, which first appeared on Buzzf...

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Harvey Milk

Daniel Wein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Wein

The sold-out audience was euphoric, still in a state of shock regarding a Supreme Court action that had unilaterally doubled the number of states with marriage equality earlier in the day. "Harvey Milk is looking down on us," Kristin Chenoweth had remarked to many throughout the night.

Singer-Songwriter Nick Deutsch Comes Out As Gay

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

What does it mean to truly be out of the closet? Though singer-songwriter Nick Deutsch says he's been out as gay since before he entered high schoo...

Coming Out Again!

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Blake Skjellerup

Upon coming out publicly in May 2010, I thought that that would be last time I would ever have to come out. Boy, was I wrong. Since then I have had to come out again and again. But last week I found myself in a coming-out situation that I had never experienced before, and I wasn't sure what to do.

'You Must Come Out': How Harvey Milk's Challenge Resonates With Gay Christians Today

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Knapp

I think about Harvey's impassioned plea quite often. It whispers in my brain with both inspiration and reservation -- inspiration because, as an out woman, I have experienced what only coming out will teach you, and reservation because, as a Christian, I also know that coming out and purging all secrets can be a dangerous, painful prospect.

Young Woman Recounts Coming Out to Her 90-Year-Old Grandpa (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-10-20141010AbbyFinksmall.jpgAbby took her girlfriend home to Minneapolis over Labor Day weekend, and, at the insistence of her father, her girlfriend joined them for the family lunch with Grandpa. After an awkward beginning, with Grandpa not knowing who Abby's surprise guest was, Abby's dad stepped in and began the conversation.

Coming Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Samantha Ames | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Samantha Ames

As far as equal rights have come in the last few years, up to a third of LGBTQ people are still subjected to "conversion therapy," among the most damaging forms of psychological abuse a person can endure. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

WATCH: This Mormon Teen Gets Big Surprise For National Coming Out Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Happy National Coming Out Day! In honor of this day of solidarity with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and ...